Thursday, December 4, 2014


Oh my gosh...I don't even know where to start.  After promising myself that I was going to post 30 days of gratitude, I failed almost immediately.  I seem to be having a lot of trouble with commitment lately.  Can I blame that on age or just me?  Probably just me.  I have become quite lazy which is not a good thing.  This blog and my connections with many of you gave me such daily joy, my photography was a passion. Hardly a day went by without grabbing my camera and taking a few pics, but it too has sat and not been used like it should be.  I am missing these connections and need and want to get back in the mode of re-connecting with you.

I will admit that prior to Thanksgiving I was busy, busy with creating calendars and greeting cards with my photography and I was able to raise almost $700 with the profits going to Alzheimer's Research.  That kept me really hustling, you know me, always last minute.  And then immediately after the Open House (where I sold my photography) I traveled to California to be with my son and daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving.  I don't know about you, but flying exhausts me.   What with the hassle with your luggage check-in, venture thru security, (you know that place where they practically do a strip search and x-rays, personally I don't think anyone should see my "rolls" except me in the privacy of my own bathroom with the door shut), walk the gazillion miles to your gate while hauling a back-pack with all my camera gear in-tow, standing in line to board while still hauling the back-pack and carry-on, struggle thru the skinny aisles to find my seat, helplessly trying to lift my carry-on into the over-head, (thank God for men who step up and help) and finally drop into my seat for the duration of the flight.  Instead of improving the flight experience for customers it has become an incredible ordeal with no snacks and to top it off you have to pay for your checked bags. (except for Southwest)   And then in landing everything is in reverse except now I deal with waiting for a limo to pick me up after retrieving all my belongings. Whew, I am exhausted just writing this.  I think I would prefer to spend 10 hours driving in the car than to go thru the hassles of flying. Ofcourse flying out of Chicago O'Hare and arriving at LAX has something to do with it too, 2 of the biggest and busiest airports in the US.  OK, stop the moaning and groaning.

I had a lovely time in California with my son and was sunny and warm almost everyday, however I did miss the rest of my family who were all here including that sweet Matilda who I don't see as often as I would like.  When I said "here" that is exactly what I meant, they spent Thanksgiving here at my house for 3 days.  I have the biggest house and I am located about half-way between my daughter and her family and my grandson with his family.  So with 8 people and 4 dogs the only thing missing was me. (altho my hairdresser told me today that maybe with all that I was better off not being there....snort).

I have a couple of books to I read while in California and the other I began on the way home...Station Eleven and Big Little Lies.  Totally different from each other but truly enjoyed them, thumbs up for both.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to spending the holidays with you.

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."  - Robert Frost

Until next time.....




  1. I have missed you so much!!!
    I know you have been busy with family & that is at it should be, but I really look forward to your regular posts. I'm hoping you will inspire me to post more regularly again. HAHAHA!
    Sometime soon, I will have to take a road trip!

  2. I was wondering where you'd been!
    Glad that all is well, and that you're looking forward to the holidays.

  3. Deanna, Glad you're back. Who could possible like flying nowadays? Well - maybe if you owned a private jet. I flew in one once - oh, my! Those photos of the ocean look pretty special to me here in snow country. Enjoy the blessings of the season.

  4. Hi, there! Are you new around these parts? It's so good to see you back on the circuit, I've missed you. Good job on the sales for your Alzheimer's donation. Excellent. And yes, yes, yes on everything you say about flying. Ugh! It was much more tolerable with a companion in October than flying alone. :-D Gosh, that seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? So, I'm glad you're back and hope you check in when you have the energy and time. I know you always have something to say ... and I love hearing it. Hugs!

  5. Putting together my annual family photo album I ran across a quotation sign that said "I can't tell if life is passing me by or trying to run me over" - or something to that effect. I completely agree. I was popping over to leave you a message to say how much I miss our visits and that I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are doing well. I was totally going with the 'no news is good news' and trusting that you were just busy, busy, busy. Still - I miss seeing your beautiful photography and hearing what you are up to - so (pardon my selfishness) don't leave us for too long, ya' hear!

  6. Good to see you back, Deanna! Glad you were able to get away. Sometimes the camera and blog need to rest and rejuvenate. That especially happens to me when I have a backlog of photos--hate to take more that I can't deal with. But life calls, and that's a good thing!

  7. Welcome back again. I have missed your chat and wonderful photographs however you have been VERY busy and at times we all need a break from blogging. The shots of the water splashing up at the sea is fabulous

  8. Welcome back! So glad you've been busy and your holiday sounds lovely!

  9. Well hello friend! Glad to see you back and that you had a great time in California! It is hard to travel these days isn't it, ? and yes, Ohare is not the easiest airport to navigate. I have checked several times to see what you have been doing on your "daily " gratitude post. LOL.... Life gets in the way doesn't it. My posts too have been a bit far between. Guess life is just moving forward. Still glad to see you whenever you get the moment s. Hoping your holiday season will be blessed, and looking forward to some more shots of that new little great grand. Bet she is growing like a little weed. Hugs to you from Texas!

  10. Deanna,
    I'm so glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are living life to the fullest. I do miss your blog posts, but we all need a break now and again.

  11. I was missing and wondering about you!
    Here you are . . .
    And you are clearly one of my favorites!
    If I wasn't in Chicago this weekend treating my daughter I would have wanted to meet you in person!
    (I agree . . . of late, I would rather drive the ten hours than go through the above mentioned! SMILING . . .)

  12. You are always such a treat to read, and your antics in the airport....just delightful.

  13. Looks like a lovely time in California. Fly can be a hassle these days because you certainly don't get anywhere in a hurry and I love to be moving.


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